Morten Lauridsen: Sure On This Shining Night (TTBB)

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Publisher: Peermusic
Composer: Morten Lauridsen
Format: Sheet Music | Vocal Work

Four poems sharing a common motif of 'Night' provide the texts for my choral cycle Nocturnes, the American Choral Directors Association's commissioned work for its 2005 national convention. For Rilke's atmospheric “Sa nuit d'ete,” several melodic themes are supported by dense, colorful harmonies in both the choral and piano parts, leading to a climactic section where all are combined and stated simultaneously. Neruda's “Soneto de la Noche,” from his Cien Sonetos de Amor, speaks of an eternal love that transcends death while reaffirming life. My a cappella setting of this gorgeous poem is predominantly quiet, serene and folk-like, utilizing direct harmonies accompanying long, lyrical vocal lines. Agee's wondrous “Sure on this Shining Night” is set much like a song from the American musical theater, a genre for which I have held a life-long esteem. Rilke's poignant “Voici le soir” recalls the opening bell sounds and jazz-tinged chords of the first movement and serves as an epilogue, quietly concluding this cycle of night songs as darkness descends.

Published on: 17 January 2018
Language: English
Catalogue No: PE62366120

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      Saddleworth GB MVC bass member.
      Our choir ws beaten at Eskdale festival this year by a ladies choir who sang this in SSAA arrangement. It was hauntingly beautiful and raised goosebumps in several of us. I searched youtube and found a plethora of choirs performing it, a couple accompanied by the composer. So bought this TTBB version for our choir. Not learned it yet, but looking forward to it.
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      Confirmed purchase: 11 July 2018
      Published on: 25 July 2018

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